KellyedStevenson

Kelly Stevenson Artist

Blyth, Ontario | 4 Sales

KellyedStevenson

Kelly Stevenson Artist

Blyth, Ontario 4 Sales On Etsy since 2018

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Kelly Stevenson

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A graduate of OCADU's Drawing & Painting program in 2012, Stevenson’s work embraces the use of non-linear narratives and a naïve aesthetic. She views the work as a by-product of the process; Attempting to understand the world we live in, and how the proliferation of black and white viewpoints has led to the increasing dehumanization of those whose faces do not directly reflect our own. Developing out of an intuitive process while also utilizing taken and found reference images, her work embraces the use of non-linear narratives and a naïve aesthetic. Most of Stevenson’s work has a social and political undertone having focused on the relationships between technology, religion, consumerism, history, violence, hope, innocence, and human connections. The work strives to open a dialogue between the viewer, the work and society and also acts as a way for the artist to try and understand the world we live in.
Taking inspiration from John Scott, German woodblock prints, Daniel Johnston, Henry Darger, outsider art and graphic novels, Stevenson has created a world that is inhabited by a character used as an ‘everyman’. This character has neither a gender nor race, enabling an open discussion of the human condition and forcing the viewer to make decisions as to how they are viewed and what role they may play within the narrative.
Her work utilizes simple black and white or greyscale imagery done primarily in either India ink or pen and marker on paper. It’s graphic and controlled, taking inspiration from printmaking and children’s book illustrations, in order to be able to layout complex and often ambiguous narratives in a way that allows the viewer to enter the work and appear non-threatening. Working on surfaces that have lost their utilitarian purpose or paper, she encourages that it appears as if the construction of the images is simple and easy and that the viewer may at first glance believe that they themselves could have created it. Stevenson has also embraced a sort of diy aesthetic also working to create zines, prints, stickers, screen printed bags, amongst other objects as she has a strong belief that art should be accessible to people of all economic backgrounds.

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  • Kelly Stevenson

    Owner

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  • Barmy Tech

    ON, Canada

    Maker of Canadian made canvas bags and organizes screen printing.

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